President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked Abdullahi Baffa as Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund).
President Buhari subsequently approved the reinstatement of Suleiman Bogoro, who was accused of fraud as the head of the agency.
This was disclosed in a statement on Monday evening and signed by the spokesperson of the education ministry, Ben Goong.
According to the statement, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said the reinstatement of Mr Bogoro is with immediate effect, ”with the same terms and conditions as it were in his previous appointment and as stipulated in the TETFUND staff conditions of service”.
Mr Bogoro was Executive Secretary of TETfund between 2014 to 2016.
Mr Baffa’s removal is with immediate effect. No official reason was given for his removal.
Mr Baffa, who was an aide to Mr Adamu, was appointed the head of TETFund alongside 14 other heads of parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Education on August 2, 2016.
Meanwhile, the reinstated official was the executive secretary of TETFund under former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration. He was sacked by President Buhari in 2016.
Mr Bogoro was alleged to have misappropriated N200 billion released to the agency for special intervention projects to beneficiary institutions to fund the reelection of Mr Jonathan in 2015.
It is not if his reinstatement means he has been cleared of the allegations. The education minister was silent about the allegations in his statement.
Mahmood Yakubu, the current chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), was the third executive secretary of TETFund.
After Mr Yakubu’s exit, Manya Aliyu was appointed the executive secretary, in an acting capacity for 17 months, before Jonathan appointed Mr Bogoro.